Canon launches World’s Smallest & Lightest DSLR EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7

Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7

Product summary

Key features & specs?

  • The smallest and lightest DSLR ever. Weighs 0.8lb
  • Uses the same APS-C 18 megapixels sensor as in the Rebel T5i.
  • Multi-shot noise reduction that delivers fantastic noise correction at higher ISOs
  • ISO range of 100 – 12,800
  • Phase detection AF mode in live-view ensures faster focusing
  • Continuous shooting speed of 4 fps
  • Canon’s trusted 9-point AF system, with center cross-type which is vertical linesensitive to f/2.8
  • 3” capacitative LCD screen with a resolution of 1,040,000 dots and a viewing angle of 170˚. Comes with auto and manual brightness control.
  • Built-in mono mic and option to plug in external mic via the 3.5 mic jack
  • DIGIC 5 image processing engine
  • 63-zone dual layer metering system
  • records full HD videos in 30p, 25p, 24p. also records 720p HD in 60 and 50p.
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses


At the time of this writing Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 is the smallest and lightest DSLR to have ever been made. Canon has successfully able to fit in an 18 megapixels 22.3 x 14.9 mm sensor inside a 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4 mm body. It feels very small compared to even the smallest entry level DSLR that Canon has the 1100D. Further the weight of the body is only 370 grams as compared to the 1100D (450 grams).

Canon EOS 100D : Rebel SL1 : Kiss X7 size comparisonThe EOS Rebel SL1 has an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, that performs very well in low light shooting environments with an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for photos and ISO-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video. Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor technology can render exceptional image quality and shooting speed up to four frames per second (fps).

The camera’s a new nine-point center cross-type autofocus (AF) system achieves fast, sharp focus. The new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor, provides a wider focus area for shooting both photos or video in Live View mode.

To make the video capture easy, the EOS Rebel SL1 features Movie Servo AF for smooth continuous AF tracking of moving subjects. With the new generation STM lenses, such as the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, the Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor mechanism for smooth and quiet continuous AF. The camera can shoot Full HD movies in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, with manual control of exposure, focus and Live View options. The combination of Canon’s new Hybrid CMOS AF system II and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens ensures noise free video recording.

The three inch Touch Screen Clear View LCD monitor II Allows clear and easy viewing even in bright environments & provides intuitive touch panel operation. Two finger touch gestures (multi-touch) allows easy zooming or changing images, accessing menu and quick control settings, and activating focus point and shutter release while shooting

The EOS Rebel SL1’s Scene Intelligent Auto Mode, can detects faces, colors, brightness, movement, contrast, distance and other factors and automatically adjusts and selects the correct exposure needed for the scene, ideal for users without advanced photography knowledge or experience.

The new Effect Shot mode, automatically creates two different shots, one with a selected creative filter and one without. In addition, Creative Filters and Background Blur Simulation can now be displayed in real time during Live View shooting. Advanced in-camera editing and cropping functionality allow users to view and crop the image using the camera’s LCD touch screen and save the edited version as a separate file.Also included the new special scene modes presets like Kids, Food and Candlelight for more creative shooting option.

Canon EOS 700D vs EOS100D

The good

Very small, ideal for people with smaller hands. However this camera may feel too small for comfort in larger hands.

Live view shooting, for movies has facial recognition.

The 3” LCD touch-screen has a resolution of 1,040,000 dots and comes with auto / manual brightness control feature.

The Bad

Like all small (read entry level) DSLRs built around an APS-C sensor, the EOS 100D also has less than 100% viewfinder coverage. In this case it is only 95%.

The continuous shooting speed of only 4 fps is not going to win any prizes. But then this is not an advanced camera, designed for sports or action photography and should be respected for what it can do more than what it can’t.

No quiet mode, so forget discreet street photography or candid portraitures.

Uses the newly designed LP-E12 battery pack which offers only 380 shots when using the viewfinder. Number of shots you get when using live view is much less. Comparatively the 1100 D which uses the LP-E10 battery pack offers 700 shots when using the viewfinder.

Similar Products

Canon Rebel T5i/700D priced just marginally higher than the Rebel SL1 is a much better camera in terms of options, grip and overall ergonomics. The EOS SL1 may appear far too small for comfort for someone with big man hands. At a good $150 less the Rebel T3i is also a great option.

Should I buy it?

If you have small hands this is probably your first choice DSLR. The next best choice would be the still available 1100D. The 100D however has a better sensor with more megapixels. Available at  AmazonAdorama | B&H

Additional Images

Sample Images by EOS 100D/Rebel SL1/Kiss X7 on Flickr

Hands on

“A Day” – Canon EOS 100D

Shot entirely on the world’s smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR, the EOS 100D, “A Day” showcases the EOS 100D’s powerful capabilities in DSLR videography:


MSRP$799.99/£799 with 18-55mm STM
Body type
Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialAluminium alloy and polycarbonate resin with carbon and glass fiber
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456,3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1456, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels18.0 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors18.5 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayRGB Color Filter Array
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationUnknown
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 compliant)
  • Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
  • RAW: 14bit RAW
  • Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampby built-in flash
Manual focusYes
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S mount
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95 %
Viewfinder magnification0.87×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual (Stills and Movie)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie)
  • No Flash
  • Creative Auto
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Close-up
  • Sports
  • SCN
Scene modes
  • Kids
  • Food
  • Candlelight
  • Night Portrait
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • HDR Backlight Control
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range9.4 m
External flashYes (via Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self timer (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10)
Continuous driveYes (4 fps)
Self-timerYes (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
  • H.264
  • Motion JPEG
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI mini)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (RC-6)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E12 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)380
Weight (inc. batteries)407 g (0.90 lb / 14.36 oz)
Dimensions117 x 91 x 69 mm (4.61 x 3.58 x 2.72″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPS notesvia GPE2


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